Important 1803 Pennsylvania Sgraffito Redware Plate, att. Conrad Mumbouer, Bucks County

October 26, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 131

Price Realized: $2,950.00

($2,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare Sgraffito Redware Plate with Profuse Heart-and-Floral Decoration, Inscribed "1803", attributed to Conrad Mumbouer, Bucks County, PA, 1803, with coggled edge, the interior coated in yellow slip and decorated with an intricate sgraffito design of six pinwheel-shaped flowers emanating from a heart at the base, all under a clear lead glaze. Excellent detail throughout, including gouged spots throughout flower blossoms as well as crosshatching and spotting to the heart. The date, "1803", is inscribed near the top of the plate. The distinctive style of the plate's floral motifs lead to a strong attribution to Bucks County, PA potter, Conrad Mumbouer, regarded as one of the most important producers of Pennsylvania-German sgraffitoware. A particularly early example by Mumbouer as most of his work appears to date to the 1820s or later, featuring heavy coverage of decoration throughout the plate's surface. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, from a long-term New England collection; ex-David Ellinger. Large section reglued at base of plate, including some small chips along crack line. A few relatively minor flakes to interior. Some very minor, pre-firing flakes to slip at outer edge of plate, which are coated in lead glaze. Diameter 9 3/8".

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